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Grace is a central concept of theology, while the term also has a wide range of meanings in many fields. For the first time in book format, the sociology of grace (or enchantment) is comprehensively explained in detail, with fascinating results.
The author’s writings on this topic take the reader on an intriguing journey which traverses subjects ranging from theology, through the history of art, archaeology and mythology to anthropology. As such, this volume will interest academics across a wide range of disciplines apart from sociology.
Introduction Part 1: Grace as The Power of Beauty: The Greek Experience in Context 1. Grace in Crete 2. Greek Grace 3. The Three Graces Part 2: Grace as Divine Gift: The Judeo-Christian Experience in Context 4. Anthropological Background: Gift and Community 5. Theological Foundations: Grace in the Old and New Testaments 6. Medieval Developments: Augustine, Aquinas and St Francis of Assisi Part 3: Renaissance Synthesis and Modern Fragmentation 7. Renaissance Grace 8. Raphael: Graces and Madonnas 9. Puritan Joyless Grace and Courtly Appearance of Gracefulness 10. Modernity: A Disappearance of Grace?